Making of the press kit, Studio 7L, Paris
Chanel has installed a pair of dolls inspired by its "Paris-Moscou" fashion show in the Printemps department store. The two window marionettes, Princess Nadejda and the Grand Duke Dimitri, are wearing miniature pieces from the collection. The two figures are contrasted with giant, hand-painted matriochkas, which stand over 16 feet tall, inside the store.
It is in this antique armchair, made of sculpted walnut and covered with white satin, that Gabrielle Chanel was photographed by Horst in 1937. The photographer later confided that Mademoiselle Chanel was very pensive during this sitting, and attributed this mood to a love affair. But after the shoot, nobody knew what happened to the armchair. Karl Lagerfeld found it in an auction in Monte-Carlo in the 1980s, recognising it as precisely the one from Horst's photo. This is how the armchair returned to Gabrielle Chanel's apartment.Made by Chevigny, the great 18th century furniture maker, this particular armchair displays unusual proportions that are explained by its origin as a "half-bathtub", whose wooden panelling (intended as a water basin) was cut and transformed into an armchair covered with white satin. The bronze legs indicate the original presence of wheels, which would have allowed the bathtub to be moved from one room to another.
Spring-Summer 2010 Pre-Collection
In 2004, a collaboration with New York architect Peter Marino brought about an astounding ten level Chanel structure in the heart of Ginza. Today, the boutique offers a retrospective of Chanel's Haute Couture creations - pieces by Karl Lagerfeld and Coco Chanel, outfits worn by N°5 ambassadresses, wedding gowns and high jewelry pieces. One by one, they reveal the evolution of the skills and particular refinement of the Parisian artisans.
Inspired by the set of the Fall-Winter 2009/10 Haute Couture show, five bottles of Chanel N°5 perfume guide the way through the exhibition.
Until December 27th in the Ginza district of Tokyo.
The diary of the Paris-Shanghai collection, from the first fittings in Paris to the show in Shanghai on December 3rd.
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Shanghai, Huangpu River, December 3rd, 2009. The set of the show: the Pudong skyline. “We cannot rebuild it so we made a boat with a set where you can see Shanghai. It’s a black crystal box with a view on Shanghai.” explains Karl Lagerfeld.
As a prelude, Karl Lagerfeld's film. Screens disappear and reveal a panoramic view of the Pudong skyscrapers.
Karl Lagerfeld revisits the Eastern Empire: “China has always been present in art, decoration, statues, Coromandel screens. The French have always liked Chinese art and all that side of the world has been really inspiring for decoration in Europe since the 17th and 18th century.”
The collection brings together the expert skill of the Parisian artisans and the Chanel ateliers: “The strength of the collection results from its refinement. You need to have a close look and almost feel the fabric to understand how it was made and to appreciate the know how.” Karl Lagerfeld.
Among the 800 guests: Vanessa Paradis, Zhou Xun, young actresses from the Asian scene and Chanel ambassadress Anna Mouglalis.
"Paris-Shanghai: A fantasy"
The trip that Coco Chanel only made in her dreams
A short movie by Karl Lagerfeld.